Past Events: WCAIMH Talk – June 23, 2016: The Infant and Early Childhood Court Team Model

SPEAKER: Nicole Sonya Vellet, PhD, RPsych, Psychologist, Vellet & Associates Child Psychological Services, Inc., Vancouver, BC SUMMARY: How the Courts, Child Welfare agencies, and related child-serving organizations can work together to meet the developmental and mental health needs of infants and young children in foster care. When families are involved in the court system,infants and young children can be forgotten or misrepresented. Our speaker has worked intensively in Canada to educated judges, lawyers, social workers and others in this system to learn how to listen to the needs of young children who cannot speak for...

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk – April 28, 2016: BC Children’s Infant Psychiatry Program

SPEAKER: Dr. Megan McFadden, Director of the Infant Psychiatry Program at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC SUMMARY: The BC Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of cutting edge work with young families. The Infant Psychiatry Program provides inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment. Come and hear about the program and it’s innovative approach to helping families with young children.

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk – March 26, 2015: Young Children and Gender Issues

SPEAKER: Dr. Wallace Wong, child psychologist, Surrey Child and Youth Mental Health   SUMMARY: Gender identity and expression is one’s sense of their own being in a world of roles and expectations. When does this develop? Is it nature or nurture or a combination? Come hear Dr. Wong talk about the current thinking and research around this important topic.

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: January 22, 2015: Working with First Nations Families

SPEAKER: Doris is a proud member of the Stl’atl’imx Nation and N’quatqua band which is 70 km north of Whistler. She has worked in the helping field within the Urban Aboriginal community for the past 17 years. Doris is currently at Alan Cashmore Centre, providing mental health services to infants and children under 5 years old.  SUMMARY: Doris talked about her experiences living and working in the urban Aboriginal community. She emphasized that families with young children need time to build a relationship with service providers, and that mutual respect and collaboration requires thoughtful and compassionate responses to their...

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